Friends' playoff drive gets boost with OT win

St. Mary's falters, 9-8

Calvert Hall rolls, 10-5

Boys lacrosse

High Schools

April 16, 2005|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

Even with the sun in his eyes, Will Couch's split-second decision turned out to be the right one.

The junior attackman's overtime goal, off a pass from All-Metro teammate Randall Cooper, glanced off St. Mary's keeper Peter Stewart and into the net, lifting No. 9 Friends to last night's 9-8 victory over No. 10 St. Mary's in a Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference game at Johns Hopkins' Homewood Field.

"It was a great pass from Randall - right to my stick. I think it hit off the goalie, but I couldn't tell with the sun in my eyes," said Couch of his only goal. "All I did was catch it and shoot it, but I couldn't have done it without Randall feeding it to me."

Maryland-bound second-team All-Metro Will Harrington had four goals and an assist, the Towson University-bound Cooper had two goals and two assists and Maryland-bound keeper Robert Wheeler had 11 saves as the Quakers now have a two-game winning streak in the A Conference.

Dan Pastrana scored three times, Pat Hansen had two goals and an assist and Christian Pastirik scored twice, but injury-hampered St. Mary's (0-5 league, 1-8 overall) couldn't stop Friends (3-3, 5-3) in last night's Lax Under The Lights tournament.

"[Assistant] Coach [Tom] Lamonica says this is Friends' first streak in the A Conference. We're loving every minute of it," said coach Rich Seiler, whose Quakers need to finish in the top six in the 11-team league to qualify for their first-ever A Conference playoffs.

Friends was within a goal of taking the lead on four occasions, but trailed the entire game until there 9:58 remained, when Harrington fed junior Max Hamaker to tie the game at 7. Friends had its first lead at 8-7 with 1:46 remaining as Cooper fed Peter Whitney on the doorstep. Maxx Davis and Tommy Goldman had a point each for Friends.

"We knew if we possessed the ball, eventually we'd score," said Seiler, who received significant contributions from six underclassmen. "It was mainly the defense that kept us in the game - that and playing patiently on offense."

Pastirik scored his second goal of the game with 16 seconds left in regulation, sending the game into overtime. But Friends prevailed thanks to a defense of Jesse Handler, Eric Dang and Phil Bartolini. Bartolini disrupted St. Mary's overtime possession, scooped a ground ball and fed it to Wheeler.

"We were in much better condition today, knowing a win was another step in our desire to make the playoffs," said Cooper, whose Quakers have blown leads in past defeats. "The difference was us no longer wanting to be that team that played well but lost a close game. It came down to our experience, our conditioning and our heart."

No. 6 Calvert Hall 10, No. 5 Gilman 5: All-Metro keeper Jeremy Blevins had 15 saves and an assist; D.J. Comer scored four times; Jeremy's twin brother, Phil, had two goals and an assist, and Andrew Reinhardt had a goal and two assists in the Cardinals' (4-1, 8-2) MIAA A Conference upset.

Walker Jungers scored twice and Nick Carr won 12 of 17 faceoffs as Calvert Hall had a 5-0 first-period lead on the Greyhounds (2-3, 5-4), whose top scorer was Alex Waters (two goals, one assist).

"When Nick wins faceoffs and I have a decent night, it can keep us in most games," Jeremy Blevins said. "But also, our offense and defense have played well the past few times."

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